A Clinical Application of Bion's Concepts, Volume 3: Verbal by Paulo Cesar Sandler

By Paulo Cesar Sandler

The ultimate publication within the three-volume sequence, A medical program of Bion’s Concepts is split in 4 elements. half I, in the course of the reduction of a transdisciplinary research among psycho-analysis, arithmetic, and physics, proposes 4 extended adaptations of Bion’s epistemological instrument, The Grid. half II is a examine of the main elemental bearings of the psycho-analytic clinic—free institutions and loose floating attention—which evolves from the learn of desires, lower than the contributions of Bion (presented in quantity I), in addition to from the learn of the analytic functionality and the functionality of the analyst (presented in quantity II). partially III, Sandler exhibits how the pursuit of fact might be visible as one of many reasons of the psycho-analytic research within the medical institution. half IV provides Sandler’s proposals for increasing the observational energy of present Bion’s theories.

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One of those evolutions may be a fresh view of its visual display. Even presented as a two-dimensional picture, Bion’s Grid has an implicit third dimension. This constitutes the variation in magnitude of each category, which is made visible in the clinic. By adding a third axis 19 20 A C L I N I CA L A P P L I CAT I O N O F B I O N ’ S C O N C E P T S Fig. 3: The Tri-Dimension Grid Fig. 4: The Grid in time over the existing two, one may represent the intensity, or magnitude, of the constant conjunction of the genetic and function axes.

That which became the “Viennese school” of epistemology had sought a mathematical syntax seen as powerful enough to verify the truth value of scientific propositions. In neo-positivism, this mathematical syntax would be “theory-free”, so to say, “above” (or “below”) the individual discipline or field, whatever it may be. From this project, epistemologists used to S C I E N T I F I C R E S E A R C H I N P S Y C H OA N A LY S I S 11 affirm that a criterion for some discipline to attain a scientific level or qualification is that it must be made mathematical; an early and still continuing offshoot of this is the application of probability mathematics to many aspects of scientific research as well as the evaluation of results, therapeutic or not.

Another recommendation, this time from my first supervisor: “If you notice that you are too hasty to deliver what seems to you a wonderful interpretation, then it’s high time to refrain from talking” (Sandler, 1970). 6. After this wave of guilt pervaded me, I felt—again—a reassuring remembrance in the form of a paper written by a rather famous or fashionable analyst that dealt with a similar utterance in a similar way. His patient mentioned something similar to a bomb and the two agreed that it was exclusively linked to the patient’s aggression.

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